Christmas At Lotte World - The World's Largest Indoor Theme Park!
by: -RoG-

Before we begin, if you haven't already seen our Christmas in Seoul, South Korea pictorial, I suggest you start with that one first so you can see what else we were up to in South Korea for the holidays. Now with that out of the way, I'm sure you're wondering just what the hell Lotte World is. Simply put: Lotte World is the largest indoor theme park in the world. Located in Sincheon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea, it's attached to a large shopping center and has an additional outdoor amusement park area on an island that you can travel to via a monorail which connects the two locations. It's also open all year long since there's no real concern about weather.

Once again, I thought you'd enjoy taking a look at many of the photos from our trip to Lotte World so you can feel like you were there with us. You'll see ride highlights, weird prizes, novelty foods, a horror maze, and even some lengthy videos in this piece. Make sure you stick around 'til the end of the article, because your eyes will be treated to what just might be the most insane nighttime Christmas parade they've ever seen. So without further delay, I present you with our Christmas at Lotte World experience pictorial:

We took the subway straight to the Jamsil station where Lotte World is located.
Once we there, we are greeted by fountains... majestic fountains worthy of the gods!

Re poses just like the guy in the background who is apparently punching a horse in the face.

We arrive at Lotte World to purchase our tickets and can already see loads of "Happy Christmas" decorations.

As you can see from the Lotte World guide map, we had a lot of ground to cover that day, so we quickly made our way in.

No idea who these characters are, but I'm sure they're just as popular as your average Disney character.

Our first view inside Lotte World stopped us in our tracks.
There's just so much to see, you don't even know where to focus your eyes. Sensory overload.

Tiki culture is alive and well at Lotte World if you know where to look.

A garden is indeed a fine place to throw a party.

Dippin' Dots may have filed for bankruptcy, but they're still around.

The first attraction we decided to check out was called Tomb of Horror: 3 Doors Later.

Had the television screen been on, I'm sure it would've been showing something horrifying.

Okay, got it.

Unlike most signs in South Korea which had alternate text written in English, not much at Lotte World did,
so we just had to go into most things hoping they were entertainment rides and not express trains to North Korea.

Based on the "3 Doors Later" subtitle and these images, it became apparent to us that we
would have to figure out how to open some doors to move onward in this walk-through maze.

We made our way through a dark hallway, and eventually came to a dead end. Then we noticed these hand prints on the wall and remembered the signs. After putting our hands in the impressions, a door suddenly opened. Success!

Some kind of giant spider hanging from the ceiling.

More spider webs.

Vampire bats in the corridor.

Some kind of undead creature that was spazzing out.

Now this picture represents one of my favorite memories from our entire trip. As we made our way through the dark corridors, we eventually caught up to the group of kids that went ahead of us. Just as I snapped this photo of them, one of the kids turned around, saw me, and then proceeded to scream "DRACULA!!!!" in absolute terror. His friends turned around and started screaming "DRACULA!!!!" when they saw me as well. Then they kept screaming and ran all around and swarmed me and started pushing me forward through the maze. It was absolutely insane, being pushed through this maze by a bunch of kids who were terrified at first, then laughing their asses off as they pushed "Dracula" ahead of them.
This experience alone made it worth the trip to Lotte World. Simply amazing.

The severed head of some old ghoul moving along on a pulley system.
(Sorry for the blurry photos, it's hard to get good ones when there's a crowd of kids pushing you forward while screaming "DRACULA!!!!")

Skulls 'n spiders.

More bones.

We didn't even see a sign for the second door puzzle (maybe those kids had already unlocked it) when we arrived at this one: The Third gate-Chamber of Secret. It had a few pyramid-shaped notches that you could move, but the door was
already open when we got there, so I guess it was either broken or somebody else solved it before us? Who knows.

What we didn't expect was to arrive in a crazy prism room.

I know it's a horror maze 'n all, but the skulls just seem out of place in here.

Where am I? Is this real life?

There's still more madness from Lotte World to see!
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Reader Comments

Forum Chaos Lord
Dec 21st, 2011, 05:00 PM
I love how surreal this is. RoG, thank you for sharing your trip with us!
Billy Champman's Friend
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:01 PM
Hi ROG, These pictures are equally as cool as the last batch you posted. It is awesome that you and RE were generous enough to share them. I hope you both have a happy and cheerful Christmas!
Cranberry Everything
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:32 PM
Absolutely amazing! It's also incredible to me how much stuff is written/spoken in English.
Forum Virgin
Dec 21st, 2011, 06:53 PM
Why don't we have something this awesome in the US?
Freelance Artist
Dec 21st, 2011, 11:49 PM
I completely would have spent all my money in that crane machine full of The Simpsons, trying to get that sushi-cat!
The Claw of Justice
Dec 22nd, 2011, 12:43 AM
I want to live in this place.
Cat Scratch Fever!
Dec 22nd, 2011, 12:25 PM
That prisim maze looks insanely awesome! How did you and Re manage to make it out without getting lost in there? By the way kids pushing you through the maze dosen't count Sigh if only Six Flags and Disneyworld were this epic.
Dec 22nd, 2011, 07:48 PM
Damn, you make Lotte World look so awesome I have to get there someday. Thanks for sharing your trip!
Dec 23rd, 2011, 02:32 PM
Did you ride the French Revelution?
Pickled Patriarch
Dec 23rd, 2011, 10:11 PM
MasterV - I've been asking myself that same question ever since we left Lotte World. I wish we had something like that place in the States. I'd get a season pass in a heartbeat. It absolutely destroys theme parks like Disney World if you ask me.

MeowMixMaster - The kids who thought I was Dracula pushed us through, so I guess they helped us out in a way haha. But yeah, when we were in that prism room, I thought I may have accidentally trapped myself in the Phantom Zone.

A-Bomb - It's absolutely worth paying a visit to. They give discounts if you go with a friend too. I think our two tickets to see everything was less than 50 bux. Not bad for a full day of nonstop entertainment.

10,000 Volt Ghost - We went on pretty much everything, except for the log flume ride which was being repaired at the time and some of the little rides for kids. Everything we went on was a lot of fun. I still couldn't believe how long the Sindbad ride was... they clearly put a TON of work into that one.
Jan 2nd, 2012, 08:41 PM
It just now hit me that you do kinda look vampiric with that slicked hair of yours.
Forum Virgin
Jan 3rd, 2012, 02:50 AM
BishiBashiSpecial was my all time favourite PS1 game, knowing an arcade version exists makes my year!

Dammit -RoG-, why didnt you buy me one? WWWHHHHHHYYYYY......?????
Forum Virgin
Feb 9th, 2012, 01:59 PM
They were calling you Dracula and you WEREN'T wearing the Count Pop shirt?

Also, that thing about the cat being a ghost already sounds like a fun (compared to saddening) version of one of the parts of Allegro Non Troppo.
Good Ol' Chum
Feb 12th, 2012, 10:00 PM

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